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ScotRail’s surge in train punctuality ‘no fluke’

ScotRail’s surge in train punctuality ‘no fluke’

17.10.19:  New research shows a huge ‘surge’ in ScotRail trains arriving on time, the biggest year-on-year increase in punctuality since 2015. Scotland’s Railways delivered 36,200 more trains on time since April 1 2019, compare...

£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

16.10.19: The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (Oct 16) released its five-year Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) outlining plans that span over £10bn and 58 projects. The Control Period 6 (CP6) will provide the funding for the 5...

Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

16.10.19: The government is considering renationalising Northern Rail due to repeated poor performance. Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said he has issued a “request for proposals” from the train operator and the Operator of Last Res...

Paperless ‘smart ticketing’ for trains backed by Greater Anglia

Paperless ‘smart ticketing’ for trains backed by Greater Anglia

14.10.19: Greater Anglia have given support to the Rail Delivery Group, who are co-ordinating an industry wide campaign this week (14-20 October) to encourage passengers to move away from paper tickets.  ‘Smart Week’ will see events...

Passengers and freight will see improvement in Cumbria following major investment

Passengers and freight will see improvement in Cumbria following major investment

08.10.19: From October 19, the Cumbrian Coast line will feel seven Sundays of disruption as Network Rail continue their major improvements. Just under two miles of worn out track will be removed and replaced between Drigg and Bootle as part of the &p...

Jet-washing trains begin work in Kent and Sussex to remove leaves on the line

Jet-washing trains begin work in Kent and Sussex to remove leaves on the line

08.10.19: Network Rail have deployed jet-washing trains onto the lines in Kent and Sussex, where they will be travelling the equivalent of four times round the Earth in order to clean the railway. Thousands of tonnes of leaves are dropped onto the tr...

Car share scheme rolled out at Tring station

Car share scheme rolled out at Tring station

04.10.19: London Northwestern Railway have introduced an innovative car share scheme to save their passengers money while helping the environment. Passengers travelling to Tring station are being invited to use a new scheme of sharing their journey t...

 Life-saving defibrillators to be put in trains and stations across the north of England

Life-saving defibrillators to be put in trains and stations across the north of England

02.10.19: Life-saving defibrillators are to be installed at TransPennine Express (TPE) railway stations and in new trains across the north of England and Scotland. The defibrillators will be the first port of call for anyone who suffers a heart attac...

London Overground services to run on Boxing Day for the first time

London Overground services to run on Boxing Day for the first time

02.10.19: Transport for London (TfL) has announced London Overground will run services on Boxing Day that have never operated before. Good news for London passengers who travel to see family and friends over the festive period as Services to operate...

ORR quotes £26m in charges per year to continue using HS1

ORR quotes £26m in charges per year to continue using HS1

01.10.19: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today announced if train operators want to keep using High Speed 1 (HS1) and preserve the condition of the assets, they will pay £26m per year. HS1 operates 67 miles of high-speed track connecting...

Network Rail to provide station WiFi for millions of passengers

Network Rail to provide station WiFi for millions of passengers

30.09.19: Netwok Rail have announced a ‘significant digital investment’ today to provide fast, free and reliable WiFi to Britain’s biggest and busiest railways. In a bid to keep passengers at the heart of all rail improvements, Netw...

Andy Burnham reveals plans for a transformed ‘London style’ rail system for Greater Manchester

Andy Burnham reveals plans for a transformed ‘London style’ rail system for Greater Manchester

26.09.19: The Mayor of Greater Manchester has today announced his bold new masterplan for a ‘London style’ transport system of integrated train journeys and multi-modal zonal ticketing. Launching the plans today, Andy Burnham expressed hi...

The importance of edge infrastructure

The importance of edge infrastructure

26.09.19: The world is in the midst of a digital revolution, bringing with it a new level of opportunity for innovation in the rail industry. Vertiv is at the centre of this digitalisation and, ahead of next month’s TransCityRail North event, RTM&rs...

Improved rail services for East Anglia

Improved rail services for East Anglia

25.09.19: Greater Anglia’s transformation of the East Anglia is set to continue later this year with a complete fleet of new trains. Sunday 15 December will see the start of the December timetable, introducing a brand-new service between Norwic...

Pioneering train trials at Cross City line

Pioneering train trials at Cross City line

24.09.19: Passengers who travel on the Cross City line are being warned by Network Rail about potential disruption taking place next month. The line between Barnt Green and Redditch will be closed on every Sunday in October (6, 13, 20 & 27) to al...

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Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

18/10/2019Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

Arup, in partnership with Network Rail, have published their ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’ report, explo... more >
North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

17/10/2019North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

The North and Midlands must take control of their high-speed rail network, argues a report from the Northern Powerhouse ... more >
Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

17/10/2019Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

The Financial Times has selected two Network Rail leaders to appear on the most influential females in engineering list.... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

18/10/2019NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

Switch up your playlist with the first #WeAreRTM podcast, gain exclusive insight into the leaders running the rail industry their opinions on recent headlines, visions for the future and meet the personalities behind the job titles. It's not your average interview. Anna-Jane Hunter, Network Rail’s director, North of England rai... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >